'I would have no problem stripping off for the stage like Peter Coonan,' says Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh
Love/Hate fans attending the new production of Borstal Boy are seeing a whole lot more of Peter Coonan given Fran's unexpected full-frontal on stage.
The Dublin actor, who portrays a young Brendan Behan, has proved he's not too prudish to strip off for his art as he does the Full Monty as part of a group shower scene in a Liverpool jail.
And former actress Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh said she would have no problem following suit, should the role demand it.
The RTE presenter (43) attended the opening night of the Frank McMahon version of the play at the Gaiety Theatre - and commended Coonan for throwing himself into the part and strutting around in his birthday suit.
"I never did stage stuff but I loved all their full frontals," she said. "I was kind of expecting it because in the earlier version, Darragh Kelly did give us a little bit of a look."
The Moment of Truth star is looking a shadow of her former self after dropping a dress size thanks to an innovative new workout regime - and would be happy to show off the results of her hard work.
"To be honest with you, even with all my scars, all the operations that I've had on my gut, if it needs to be done on stage, if it's warranted, you would do that," she continued.
For the past two months, the mum-of-four has been working with a personal trainer after signing up to Underground Fitness, a high-intensity workout in a Dublin car park.
And her efforts are certainly paying off as she showed off her streamlined figure this week.
"I'm doing the workouts two months now and I have dropped a dress size, I don't weigh myself.
"But I won't lie, the last time I put this dress on, I had more lumps in it if I'm being honest," she continued.
"So I'm happier in this dress but I just want to put something on and not have any lumps in it. I want to be a comfortable size 12 and not have something sticking into me.
"I feel so much better when I do the workouts as I'll come back, have the brekkie and go into work."
Blathnaid said that she's relishing all the nice comments that her trim form is attracting.
"I'm getting loads of compliments. I have always fluctuated weight-wise, so I do thrive on a compliment," she added.
This week saw her lending her support to Sonya Lennon's initiative 'Dress for Success' which aims at encouraging disadvantaged women to become economically independent, including helping them with job interview attire.
Their latest campaign 'Sitting Room Swish' is calling on ladies to donate the proceeds to her service.
And she admits she is something of a hoarder herself when it comes to clinging on to old clothes.
"It's a brilliant idea and I realise that at my age, some things don't suit me any more and why would I keep it?
"You get attached to items of clothing, like that very safe black dress but you have three or four of them. It's a good way of getting rid of stuff you're just too attached to," Blathnaid added.